Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing

Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing : The Quick Guide to Mastering Technique and Style

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This debut book in the Pocket Art series is packed with expert technical guidance on drawing realistic portraits in pencil and stunning, inspirational examples.

London-based artist Joanna Henly (a.k.a. Miss Led) guides you through every aspect of pencil portraiture with a lively, graphic approach to instruction-demystifying the complexities of the human face with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips.

Get started with a quick overview of how to set up your work space, how to hold a pencil, and tips on mark making. A section on understanding the face begins with a look at its underlying structure (the skull and muscles) and includes guidance on capturing facial relationships from different angles.

Then learn to accurately draw each individual feature-eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin tones, and hair-with illustrations of their anatomy and examples of their differing shapes. You'll also find tips on rendering the facial expressions of your subjects.

The exercises demonstrate and reinforce the skills as you go, while the incredible artwork inspires and motivates. With its compact size and sturdy flexi binding, you can carry this invaluable resource everywhere you go-in your backpack, bag, or pocket.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 10.16mm | 249.48g
  • Rockport, United States
  • English
  • 200 color images
  • 1631594699
  • 9781631594694
  • 242,025

Table of contents

Pocket Art: Portraits
What's great about drawing.
- Carrying a sketchbook and drawing tools
- Magic of capturing those moments
- Seeing inspiration everywhere
Can add a reference to the other figure drawing book here as a great companion :)
Part One
Understanding the face : Basic face structure & breaking down the different face shapes
- different face shapes (round, oblong, square etc) maybe?
- relationships and proportions (between the eyes and the ears, nose to mouth, etc)
- The curved nature of the face (looking at different angles, with above rules in place)
Each of the following will fill a page
The Eye The Nose The Mouth The Ears Hair

Part Two
Expressions & Character
- How to capture a moment ( a smile, a tilt of a head) that is momentary. That brings character and life into your portrait
- How to read a portrait and create the right mood and setting

Part Three
Drawing from imagination
- Adding a narrative to your portrait
Introducing supporting characters and text Part Four
Working from photographs & working with a model
- How to chose photographs to use as reference
- What to add as artistic license
- Sometimes its not about what you add, it's what you take away

Part Five
Choosing Materials
- Adding movement and drama with watercolour
- Keep your lines crisp and tight with pencil and pen
- Create vivid masterpieces with mixed media
Gallery of works
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Review quote

A fun, and graphic approach to drawing portraits. The book is not only eye candy, but it will keep you engaged as you learn to draw and master portraiture techniques. -- LeVar Thomas * stupidDOPE *
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About Joanna Henly

Joanna Henly, well known by her professional name, Miss Led, is an illustrator, artist, and art director based in East London. As an illustrator, she works by commission for corporate brands, products, packaging, and advertising campaigns with specific experience within fashion, beauty, and technology sectors. As an artist, she works on projects from portrait commissions to large scale complex works. These are often in public spaces or live performances. In addition, she creates personal work, which is exhibited globally, and sells beautiful prints and originals online.
Jo is a strong promoter of professional practice within her art and illustration, including as a Global Ambassador for Liquitex paints and European Ambassador for Wacom. She is also a passionate educator, promoted via social media and podcasts to her online audience, which reaches 1.3 million people.
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